Metro Addiction Assessment Referral Service (MAARS)

Type of Service

Centralized/Coordination Access

Program Description

The Metro Addiction Assessment Referral Service (MAARS) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) offers addiction assessment and referral services free of charge to anyone who lives in Toronto. At MAARS we serve adults of all ages, backgrounds, orientations and cultures, and place special emphasis on reaching out to people who may have difficulty finding the right resources. Our Phase 1 group intake provides a general overview of our service and prepares clients for the next step in the assessment. At this session clients are asked to complete some questionnaires related to their substance use. The Phase 1 session runs twice per week: on Tuesday mornings and on Thursday afternoons and takes about 1.5 hours (registration required). Following the session, clients will register for a face-to-face assessment with a clinician at MAARS where they will explore their substance use and the range of services and resources that are available. Wait time for a Phase 2 appointment is usually 2-3 weeks after Phase 1.

Access Information

Please call Access CAMH to register for Phase 1. Clients should call to self-refer. When calling, please state you are calling for a MAARS assessment. Clients can usually attend the next scheduled session. Third parties cannot refer without consent.

User Costs

User Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 416-535-8501 ext. 2
Toll-Free 800-463-2338 ext. 2

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 18 and up
Catchment Municipalities: (Toronto)
Wheelchair Access Yes


Policy Allowed
Note No smoking on hospital property.


Portuguese Spanish English Interpretation Services


Main Hours

Monday 0900-1700
Tuesday 0900-1700
Wednesday 0900-1800
Thursday 0900-1700
Friday 0900-1700